Title: Alaska Open for Business – Astra WBE Economic Development Summit
When: 02-20-2017
Where: Anchorage, Alaska
Category: Event
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February 20, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Astra WBE Economic Development Conference

BP Energy Center – Anchorage, AL

Join us for a day of education and training on doing business in Alaska with major Fortune 500 companies

Participate in roundtable discussions with individuals representing the manufacturing, technology, construction, energy and communication businesses who can provide you with more opportunities for your business.

Learn how certifications can open more doors for your business and hear how WBENC, WOSB, 8A programs can help you grow your company and diversify the income streams for you.

Cost: $50 per person, includes continental breakfast, lunch and workshop materials.


Event Sponsors:

Featured Speakers

Shawn Uschman | Director of External Affairs, AT&T

Mr. Uschmann spearheads AT&T’s legislative and community affairs initiatives throughout the state and assist with new technology deployment and infrastructure investment.Prior to his current role as the Director of External Affairs, Uschmann served as the AT&T sales director in Alaska, where he worked with state, federal, and enterprise business customers. Uschmann attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he studied economics

Jay Hermanson | Business Development Manager, WHPacific Inc
Caleb Koorn | Operations Supervisor, Enterprise Holdings 

Event Agenda

9:30am – 10:00am  

10:00am – 10:15am  





10:15am – 10:30am

10:30am – 11:30am 






12:30am – 1:00pm


1:00pm – 2:00pm




2:00pm – 2:15pm

2:15pm – 3:30pm   

3:30pm – 4:00pm 



Welcome Remarks

Diane McClelland, President and CEO, Astra Woman’s Business Alliance

Gail Morrison, President, Allied GIS, Astra State Forum Leader – Alaska

Lorraine Schroeder, President, Safety, Inc., Astra State Forum Leader – Alaska

Shawn Uschmann – Global Supplier Diversity Direct, AT&T


Panel: Best Practices of Doing Business in Alaska

Shawn Uschmann, AT&T

Caleb Koorn, Enterprise Holdings

Jay Hermanson, WHPacific

Moderator: Diane McClelland, Astra Women’s Business Alliance.

Networking Lunch

Global Supplier Diversity at AT&T

Shawn Uschmann, AT&T

Closing the Economic Divide for Women Business Owners

Roundtable Topics

Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures;

Public and Private Partnerships


Back Scratching – Speed Networking

Team Table Discussions for Success & Networking

Closing Remarks

Anchorage , Alaska


Venue: BP Center
City: Anchorage
State: Alaska
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